The Cleveland Cavaliers remain the NBA’s only undefeated team on their home court (7-0) with a 110-96 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night to move their record to 10-3 on the young season.
The Cavs jumped out early, scoring the first 11 points of the game and never looked back. After the Hawks finally scored a bucket the Cavs came right back with Zydrunas Ilgauskas feeding LeBron James with a nice bounce pass around the defender who found Ben Wallace for the dunk.
And before you knew it, by the end of the quarter the Cavs held the Hawks to just 12 points in the first period playing stifling defense lead 49-32 at the half.
The Cavaliers had four players scoring eight points or more in the first half. Reading this, it would be safe to assume King James was one of them right? Wrong, this is a different basketball team in Cleveland.
With the new editions to go along with James he is able to rest more and pick his spots when he’s ready to dictate and take over games. And he decided to do that in the second half scoring 19 of his 24 points in the second half.
King James delivered a couple of jaw dropping rim shaking dunks to send the Cavaliers bench and fans into a frenzy, once taking on two Hawk defenders, James drove down the lane against Al Horford and Solomon Jones and crushed a dunk with his left hand, posterizing the two teammates as if they were little boys playing a man’s game.
Another one came later that period when James blew past Maurice Evans faking a pass behind his back went up and smashed the ball through the hoop, sending Evans ducking for cover trying to avoid a fat head shot.
The Cavaliers biggest lead of the night was 28 at 68-40 but the Hawks manage to wilt it down to 11 with the gritty play of backups Evans and Acie Law, who finished with 21 points and 20 on the night. Joe Johnson the Hawks leading scorer was held to just four points on 1-of-8 shooting.
The Cavs had great balance tonight with Mo Williams 23 points, Delonte West 19, and Big Z finished with 17. James also had eight assist and seven boards. The Cavs continue to shoot the ball well, shooting 51 percent from the field 41-of-81 and 91 percent from the foul line 21-of-23 on the night.
Another all around solid effort from the Cavs, who are now faced with a four games in five nights stretch.
Starting on Tuesday, they will play the New York Knicks, who everyone outside of Cleveland thinks the King will take up residency with in 2010, followed by games against Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The scary part about this start by Cleveland is that their not even playing their best basketball yet according to LeBron, and yet they are ranked fourth in the league, averaging 101.2 points a game and ranked sixth in defense giving up only 93.0
Cavalier fans hope the team keeps winning in the fashion that they are doing and the King will be raising banners at the Q and not in other places that he is rumored to be heading to.